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Wallace Beaton, age 6 ½, managed to spin three plates in one go. He said: “This is good; I’d love to learn how to balance on a moving board too.”

John Scott, Chairman of the City of London Culture, Libraries and Heritage Committee said: “It was great to see the parents and children enjoying the events so much. In fact, over 250 children signed up for the Challenge this year and we hope that even more will be able to join us next year.”

On completion of reading six books over the summer holiday, the children will be rewarded with gifts, stickers, trump cards as well as a certificate and medal presented by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at a special ceremony in September.

2011 East London Mushroom Festival


talian restaurant chain, Carluccios, suggests you can banish those post summer blues with its month long festival in honour of the magnificent mushroom taking place in association with its East London restaurants in West Smithfield, Spital Square and Canary Wharf. The festival started on September 10th and runs to 10th October. To celebrate

10th September. Do you know your button mushroom from your shiitake? Is your mushroom soup a sensation? If you think your mushroom meal is up there with the best of them, upload your recipe and an image on Carluccio’s facebook page to enter the competition. Veteran mushroom expert Antonio Carluccio together with a top food journalist and a Carluccio’s chef will be judging all entries.

The winner will have their dish celebrated on the special boards at Carluccio’s across the UK and will win the chance to cook their recipe together with Antonio in the chef’s London kitchen.

Just a ‘senior moment’?

ost readers will know this phrase, first heard from grandparents or parents, but perhaps now used personally as memory of a name or well known facts become elusive. Some may be ignore the symptoms and hope they will go away. Sensible people take advice before mental capacity declines. Those who do nothing may leave their family an unhappy legacy of extreme personal stress, legal and financial problems, and frustration dealing with bureaucratic public services.


Cast members Bob Cryer, Rachel Lynes and Nathalie Armin

rehearsing for The Tempest

Picture by Jamie Archer.

the great flavour and versatility of mushrooms, the restaurants will be offering hungry shoppers a chance to try a tempting selection of weekly changing seasonal mushroom specials alongside a selection of lesser-known regional specialities that focus on different varieties of mushroom. In addition, the deli and food shop will be filled with a selection of mushroom and truffle goodies to inspire budding chefs to create an Italian feast at home or head off on a foraging adventure of their own.


arluccio’s is also on the hunt for the UK’s best mushroom recipe. A month long facebook competition will launch on from

So what can or should be done? Getting your affairs in order: The law was updated in 2005 by the Mental Capacity Act which introduced formal definitions of mental capacity, and a new regime for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for both ‘property and financial affairs’ and ‘health and welfare’. Doctors need to co-operate with lawyers to decide if capacity exists to change a Will or make an LPA. Financial planning also needs to be tackled well in advance. Should you need to sell your home to raise cash can take many months and interim and longer term finance may require help from a sympathetic FSA regulated adviser. Coping with memory loss in the family: When significant decline sets in, specialist advice on how to cope at home will be essential. That may be more readily available from charities like the Alzheimers Society than your GP, but your GP

is the

‘gatekeeper’ to public services following

formal diagnosis of a condition. Managing the financial costs: For some families the State may supplement personal resources through a personal assessment and means-tested Social Services. For others, the full cost of nursing care at home or in a specialised unit, may be available through the little known NHS Continuing Care programme. Learning more: If you, a member of your family or close friend would like to find out more about coping with some of the challenges presented in later life then local specialist elderly care solicitors Stone King are running a FREE seminar starting at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 18 October at 16 St John’s Lane, EC1M 4BS – 10 minutes walk from the Barbican. The seminar will last for approximately 90 minutes and there will be an expert speaker from the Alzheimers Society and specialist financial adviser on hand to provide you with useful information and answer your questions. For more information on how to attend see the flyer inside into this edition or call Charlotte Foster on 020 7324 1758 or email

The Tempest at St. Giles

o mark the 400th anniversary of its first performance at Blackfriars theatre and at Whitehall, acclaimed theatre company Jericho House (whose previous works include Into Thy Hands, Katrina and Fallujah), will be reviving William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in appropriate surroundings given his connections with the area. Shakespeare’s vision of rebellion, collaboration and uneasy peace is given a poignant anniversary revival in the atmospheric surroundings of St Giles’ Cripplegate.


Thrown together in limbo, mid-way between Europe and the East, a group of exiles fight for control of a haunted land and a contested history, while the indigenous inhabitants plan their resistance.

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